- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Uncle Adam

Not everybody agrees with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney that New York Times political reporter Adam Clymer is a major league gluteus maximus.

Retiring New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who hopes to relinquish his seat to Hillary Rodham Clinton, says count him as an "admirer" of Mr. Clymer, referring to the newspaper scribe as a "cheerful, even avuncular reporter, affably working the corridors here in the Capitol carefully chronicling our not always cheerful proceedings."

Mr. Moynihan went so far as to have inserted into Monday's Congressional Record an article Mr. Clymer wrote about himself in Sunday's Times, "My Media Moment."

(We won't bother telling Mr. Moynihan about the language Mr. Clymer used when writing privately about this columnist last week, one day after Inside the Beltway reminded readers about the complaint filed against the reporter by U.S. Capitol Police).


Didn't catch Al Gore on Oprah Winfrey this week?

Not to worry. The presidential hopeful will be appearing on David Letterman's show tomorrow night, an unprecedented appearance for a presidential candidate.

"Be sure to gather friends and family to watch," urges the Gore campaign.


New York Senate hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton's new neighbors in Westchester County turned on their television sets yesterday to see a rather pointed "voter education" commercial paid for by the American Conservative Union.

On the screen are five babies sitting next to each other, one sporting a New York Yankees baseball cap, and the announcer says:

"In New York, all babies like these have something in common. They've lived here longer than Hillary Rodham Clinton."

Indian issue

Visitors to Al Gore's campaign Web site will find the vice president taking credit this time for an Indian housing bill: the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996.

The text: "Gore Helped Provide Housing Assistance to Native Americans. In 1996, Al Gore and the Administration enacted the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act. The Act provided Indian Housing Block Grants to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages or their Tribally Designated Housing Entities. This Act will provide communities with more flexibility than ever before to plan and develop programs that best meet local housing needs. This year, Gore and the Administration fought for and won $620 million their full request for tribes across America."

Tribal reaction?

"The bill was drafted and passed by [New York congressman and Senate hopeful] Rick Lazio with no help at all from Al Gore or the rest of the administration," says Christopher D. Boesen, executive director of the National American Indian Housing Council, a nonprofit organization representing more than 400 tribes.

"In fact," says Mr. Boesen, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo "has been one of the stumbling blocks to its implementation; he's been directing resources away from the program to support private initiatives."

Goulash and milk

If you think you see D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams going to school today, you're right. And he's not alone.

Taking the education issue of this presidential campaign to heart, Mr. Williams and one other Washington celebrity will be addressing students at Thompson Elementary School at 1200 L St. NW.

The District was chosen to participate in a national prototype, artsACCESS, whereby students get hand-on arts education under the direction of Norman Scribner, Music Director of the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

If all goes well under the three-year program, it will be implemented across the country.

Come lunchtime, no two martini lunches for these boys, who are expected to dine in the school cafeteria.

Y honor Alexis?

Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman will be crowned Volunteer of the Year by the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.

The chapter's vice president, Judy Ballangee, says Miss Herman has not only been a YMCA volunteer and board member for several years, she's behind a Y-operated public child care center housed within Labor headquarters, which has proven so popular it's doubling in size.

Aw shucks

World champion oyster shucker Marc Viale, who shucks an average of 1,500 oysters a day in his French Mediterranean fishing village of Cagnes-sur-Mer, is appearing in Washington this week for an oyster and wine tasting.

Starting tomorrow evening, Mr. Viale will be stationed behind the oyster bar at Brasserie Les Halles, a few blocks from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, shucking no less than 10 varieties of oysters.

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